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Matric results: Umalusi reiterates NO MATRICULANT can pass with 30%

One SA Movement leader Mmusi Maimane reignited debate over the quality of education after calling for an end to the 30% pass rate

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With the matric results scheduled to be released this week, there has been ongoing public debate around the actual mark required to finish school and now quality assurance body Umalusi has entered the fray.

The grading system in public schools has been at the receiving end of fierce criticism, with some arguing that the standards have been lowered over the years, to allow for more academically-challenged pupils to leave the school system.

One SA Movement leader Mmusi Maimane recently questioned the quality of education being offered in the country and called for an end to the 30% pass mark, but this is not the case.

“A 30% pass mark undermines the intellect of SA’s youth and allows for obfuscation of the basic education crisis, education leaders to escape accountabilities and the entrenchment of mediocrity and low expectations,” Maimane said.

UMALUSI APPROVES MATRIC RESULTS

In addition to giving the 2021 matric results its stamp of approval, Umalusi stressed that the pass mark for matric pupils is not 30%.

“Pass rates at this level are as old as the matric certificate itself, which is more than 100 years old. If learners were to obtain 30% in all subjects, they would fail. We have to remind each other what the purpose of the National Senior Certificate is. The National Senior Certificate gives learners access to a number of post-school opportunities,”

Umalusi CEO Mafu Rakometsi

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says those who believe the claims of a 30% pass mark clearly don’t understand the NSC pass requirements. The department says the requirements for one to pass Grade 12 are divided into three categories – pupils qualify either for a bachelor’s degree, diploma studies or higher certificate pass.

  • To obtain a bachelor pass, learners need to get a minimum of 40% for their home language, 50% in four other subjects and at least 30% for the language of learning
  • For a diploma pass, pupils must obtain 40% for their home language, at least 40% in three other subjects and a minimum of 30% in the language of learning
  • For a higher certificate pass, the home language pass mark is still 40%, at least 30% in the language of learning and at least 40% in two subjects and a minimum of 30% in other subjects